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The Alzheimer ConundrumEntanglements of Dementia and Aging$
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Margaret Lock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149783

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149783.001.0001

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The Alzheimer Conundrum

Margaret Lock

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the generation and transformation of expert knowledge and practices in connection with the phenomenon of Alzheimer disease (AD) in an era of increasing uncertainties and recognition of apparently boundless complexity. Emphasis is given to the way in which debates in the Alzheimer world are played out in research and clinical settings, in medical and media publications, at major conferences, and in talks for public consumption, and with what potential effects on the millions of healthy people who will be systematically monitored if and when an era of prevention becomes routinized. Also included are excerpts from extensive interviews with individuals who have undergone testing in research settings, including genetic testing.

Keywords:   Alzheimer disease, Alzheimer world, expert knowledge, clinical settings, medical publications, genetic testing

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